Intellectual stimulation and team creative climate in a professional service firm

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Sandvik, Alexander Madsen, Croucher, Richard, Espedal, Bjarne and Selart, Marcus 2018. Intellectual stimulation and team creative climate in a professional service firm. Evidence-Based HRM: a global forum for empirical scholarship. 6 (1), pp. 39 - 53. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBHRM-01-2017-0006
AuthorsSandvik, Alexander Madsen, Croucher, Richard, Espedal, Bjarne and Selart, Marcus
Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the precise role of intrinsic motivation and autonomy in relation to intellectual stimulation in creating a creative climate in a professional services firm. The intention is to discover whether theories that stress the primacy of the need for intrinsic motivation and autonomy over other managerial goals such as monitoring find support.
Design/methodology/approach
The authors propose and test a model for the relationship of interest. The theoretical model is tested through analysis of multilevel data gathered across in two iterations over two years from 177 employees and 64 teams in one company.
Findings
The authors find that intrinsic motivation and autonomy mediate the relationship between intellectual stimulation and creative climate. Autonomy exercises a stronger mediating effect than intrinsic motivation.
Research limitations/implications
The single company research context’s specificity; causal relationships between variables cannot be empirically investigated; the verified research model cannot claim to represent how the organization actually functions, for which qualitative work is required.
Practical implications
Theories stressing the primacy of employee autonomy are supported over those stressing a need for management to monitor and control autonomy-seeking employees.
Originality/value
This paper shows the vital mediating role of employee autonomy and to a lesser extent intrinsic motivation in a professional service firm context.

KeywordsIntrinsic motivation; Autonomy; Creative climate; Intellectual stimulation; Professional service firm
Year2018
JournalEvidence-Based HRM: a global forum for empirical scholarship
Journal citation6 (1), pp. 39 - 53
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN2049-3983
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/EBHRM-01-2017-0006
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85044262590
Page range39 - 53
Research GroupPeter Faber Business School
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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